An Inside Look: Black Futures

Writers and Activists, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham on Their Vision for Black Futures

Black Futures Inside Look

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together a collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. The authors share their vision accompanied by imagery featured in Black Futures.

Blackness is infinite— a single book cannot attempt to contain the multitudes and multiverse. This is just one manifestation of a project that spans millennia.

We are in a continuum of those who came before and those who will come after and make a dent in the archival project that is required of us as humans on this planet.

Our intention is to encourage readers to follow their interests into a deep warren of rabbit holes and discoveries. This is not an art book. This is not a scholarly journal. This book is a series of guideposts for current and future generations who may be curious about what our generation has been creating during time defined by social, cultural, economic, and ecological revolution.

– Kimberly + Jenna

The Last Billboard (Jon Rubin project 2009-2018), Courtesy of the Artist Alisha B. Wormsley 1
The Last Billboard (Jon Rubin project 2009-2018), Courtesy of the Artist Alisha B. Wormsley
Untitled, Image: Maty, Benjamin Biayenda 1
Untitled, Image: Maty, Benjamin Biayenda
Image: No Sesso Getty 2k19 Collection by Pierre Davis, Photography by Brandon Stanciell 1
Image: No Sesso Getty 2k19 Collection by Pierre Davis, Photography by Brandon Stanciell

Discover the full spreads from the book featuring each image below. The book presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics. In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader.

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